Headline: Mumbai Indians Bid Farewell to Captain Rohit Sharma with Heartfelt Message
Image of Rohit Sharma.
Mumbai Indians shared a kind message on social media for Rohit Sharma after telling everyone about the captaincy change.
On Friday, Mumbai Indians chose Hardik Pandya as their captain for the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) in 2024. Hardik took over from Rohit Sharma, who led the team to win five trophies. Mumbai Indians made this decision after Hardik rejoined the team last month, moving from Gujarat Titans, where he was the captain for the last two seasons. After sharing the news about the new captain, MI posted a sincere message on social media for Rohit.
In 2013, you became the captain of MI. You told us to believe and to smile in both wins and losses. Now, after 10 years and 6 trophies, we’re here. You’ll always be our captain, and your legacy will be remembered in our team colors, Blue and gold. Thank you, Captain RO,” MI shared on X, previously known as Twitter.
Ro,— Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) December 15, 2023
In 2013 you took over as captain of MI. You asked us to 𝐁𝐞𝐥𝐢𝐞𝐯𝐞. In victories & defeats, you asked us to 𝘚𝘮𝘪𝘭𝘦. 10 years & 6 trophies later, here we are. Our 𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐫 𝐜𝐚𝐩𝐭𝐚𝐢𝐧, your legacy will be etched in Blue & Gold. Thank you, 𝐂𝐚𝐩𝐭𝐚𝐢𝐧 𝐑𝐎💙 pic.twitter.com/KDIPCkIVop
In 2013, you became MI’s captain. You encouraged us. Through wins and losses, you urged us to persevere. Now, after 10 years and 6 trophies, here we are. Your legacy will always be remembered in the team colors, Blue and gold.
On Friday, Mumbai Indians explained in a statement that the captaincy change was a planned move for the future. They expressed gratitude to Rohit for his outstanding service to the team.
Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings are the most successful IPL teams, each winning five titles.
Rohit, who recently led India to the ODI World Cup final, has been the captain of Mumbai Indians since 2013, guiding them to their first of five IPL trophies.
Under Rohit’s leadership, Mumbai Indians secured titles in 2015, 2017, 2019, and 2020. They also reached the playoffs in IPL 2023.
Mahela Jayawardene, MI’s Global Head of Performance, expressed appreciation for Rohit Sharma’s outstanding leadership, stating that his captaincy since 2013 has been truly remarkable.
“Rohit’s leadership has not only led the team to unmatched success but has also established him as one of the best captains in IPL history.
“Under his guidance, MI became one of the most successful and beloved teams. We eagerly anticipate his continued guidance and experience both on and off the field to enhance MI’s strength,” he added.
This important change also raises questions about Rohit’s future in the shorter format of the game. The 36-year-old felt deeply disappointed when India narrowly missed winning the ODI World Cup at home, losing in the final against Australia after a streak of 10 consecutive wins.
Another appearance in the ODI World Cup seems doubtful for Rohit, but there’s a possibility he could return to lead India in the T20 World Cup in six months.
Interestingly, both Rohit and Virat Kohli haven’t played for India in the T20 format since the semifinal exit at the World Cup in Australia last year.